Opinion Editorial on Campaign Finance
The Times Hopes, Without any Sign of Encouragement, that Cuomo lives up to his promises on campaign finance reformAzi Paybarah
The New York Times editorial board wants Andrew Cuomo to fix the state's permissive campaign-finance rules in 2012, and offers a list of specific measures he could undertake to deliver on his promise to "root out corruption and clean up campaign money." Those measures include lowering donation limits, ending unlimited contributions to party "housekeeping" accounts and "tougher enforcement" and giving the Board of Elections more authority to enforce the rules.
In a write-up of an "extensive" interview with Cuomo, the AP referred to campaign finance reform as one of the "big campaign promises that he hasn't touched as governor," but reported that Cuomo is promising, in broad terms, that he is "going to turn to tinkering and overhauling under the hood of state government, the way he does with his classic '75 Corvette and '68 Pontiac GTO."
Relying on unnamed sources close to Cuomo, Fred Dicker reports that the governor's State of the State speech will discuss private-sector job creation, casino gambling and pension reform. Dicker says that fracking isn't on the list.
There is no mention at all of campaign finance reform.
Joe Biden visited patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. [Flickr]
A progressive editorial page reminds Governor Andrew Cuomo about his campaign promise to curb Albany's pay-to-play culture, and outlines what his moves to that end in 2012 should be. [New York Times]
Why wasn't redistricting mentioned? [@nycGreenfield]
The Associated Press refers to campaign finance reform as one of Cuomo's "big campaign promises that he hasn't touched as governor." [Michael Gormley]
Cuomo brags, "You look at what's going on in Washington and you look at what the legislature did and it's night and day." [Joseph Spector]
Cuomo "won't be making any decisions on politics" until after session, according to an unnamed source. Also, Cuomo's State of the State speech will discuss legalizing gambling, pension reform and mandate relief. Fracking won't be mentioned. [Fred Dicker]
Words used to describe Cuomo and Bloomberg's relationship: "fume" "bicker" "haggle" "snipe" and "spar." [Ted Mann]
Cuomo insisted, "We get along well; we communicate well; we communicate often." Also, Cuomo said he supports "casino gaming at a New York City location." [Ken Lovett]
City Comptroller John Liu said New York City paid $1.8 million in claims from the 2010 snow storm. [Associated Press]
City Council members tried sending $100,000 in discretionary funds to groups that are not eligible to receive taxpayer funds. [Reuven Blau]
Donald Trump is no longer a Republican, but he is still officially a possible candidate for president. [Joseph Straw]
A federal judge is requiring the city to provide "meaningful access" to their taxis, and may halt the sale of new taxi medallions. [Ken Lovett]
Bloomberg warned that Cuomo's health care plan could cost New York City $300 million. [Tina Moore]
After Stanford dropped its bid to build a science campus here, Bloomberg referred to Palo Alto, where Stanford is located, as "basically a college town." [Sally Goldenberg]
A progressive editorial page backs the "living wage" bill, but wants an exemption for grocery stores in areas that need fresh food. [New York Times]
City Councilman Larry Seabrook held a rally against Bloomberg's proposed property tax hike in 2002, while quietly lobbying for it, so the city would raise more money and the Council could spend more. "Seabrook’s constituents need protection — from Seabrook." [David Seifman]
State Senator Diane Savino's Democratic challenger said, "I'm still in this." [Tom Wrobleski]
A conservative editorial page said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn should try "to remain even mildly attractive to job-creators" by opposing the living wage bill, which Public Advocate Bill de Blasio supports. [New York Post]
That same conservative editorial page defends the NYPD and attacks the Associated Press for its reporting on the department's anti-terrorism tactics. [New York Post]
An iconic newsstand is replaced by a bike-rental operation. [David Dunlap]
The tie-breaking vote on New Jersey's redistricting commission goes for the map drawn by Republicans. [Associated Press]